The Principles of Psychology, Vol. 1
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This is the first inexpensive edition of the complete Long Course in Principles of Psychology, one of the great classics of modern Western literature and science and the source of the ripest thoughts of America s most important philosopher. As such, it should not be confused with the many abridgements that omit key sections.
The book presents lucid descriptions of human mental activity, with detailed considerations of the stream of thought, consciousness, time perception, memory, imagination, emotions, reason, abnormal phenomena, and similar topics. In its course it takes into account the work of Berkeley, Binet, Bradley, Darwin, Descartes, Fechner, Galton, Green, Helmholtz, Herbart, Hume, Janet, Kant, Lange, Lotze, Locke, Mill, Royce, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, Wundt, and scores of others. It examines contrasting interpretations of mental phenomena, treating introspective analysis, philosophical interpretations, and experimental research.
It remains unsurpassed today as a brilliantly written survey of William James timeless view of psychology."
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  • Paperback | 696 pages
  • 138 x 198 x 38mm | 680.39g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486203816
  • 9780486203812
  • 81,589

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1
  THE SCOPE OF PSYCHOLOGY
    Mental Manifestations depend on Cerebral Conditions
    Pursuit of ends and choice are the marks of Mind's presence
CHAPTER II
  THE FUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN
    "Reflex, semi-reflex, and voluntary acts"
    The Frog's nerve centres
    General notion of the hemispheres
    Their Education-the Meynert scheme
    The phrenological contrasted with the physiological conception
    The localization of function in the hemisphere
    The motor zone
    Motor Aphasia
    The sight-centre
    Mental blindness
    The hearing-centre
    Sensory Aphasia
    Centres for smell and taste
    The touch-centre
    Man's Consciousness limited to the hemispheres
    The restitution of function
    Final correction of the Meynert scheme
    Conclusions
CHAPTER III.
  ON SOME GENERAL CONDITIONS OF BRAIN-ACTIVITY
    The summation of Stimuli
    Reaction-time
    Cerebral blood-supply
    Cerebral Thermometry
    Phosphorus and Thought
CHAPTER IV.
  HABIT
    Due to plasticity of neural matter
    Produces ease of action
    Diminishes attention
    Concatenated performances
    Ethical implications and pedagogic maxims
CHAPTER V.
  THE AUTOMATON-THEORY
    The theory described
    Reasons for it
    Reasons against it
CHAPTER VI.
  THE MIND-STUFF THEORY
    Evolutionary Psychology demands a Mind-dust
    Some alleged proofs that it exists
    Refutation of these proofs
    Self-compounding of mental facts is inadmissible
    Can states of mind be unconscious?
    Refutation of alleged proofs of unconscious thought
    Difficulty of stating the connection between mind and brain
    The Soul' is logically the least objectionable hypothesis
    Conclusion
CHAPTER VII.
  THE METHODS AND SNARES OF PSYCHOLOGY
    Psychology is a natural Science
    Introspection
    Experiment
    Sources of error
    The 'Psychologists fallacy'
CHAPTER VIII.
  THE RELATIONS OF MINDS TO OTHER THINGS
    Time relations : lapses of Consciousness
    Locke v. Descartes
    The 'unconsciousness' of hysterics not genuine
    Minds may split into dissociated parts
    Space-relations : the Seat of the Soul
    Cognitive relations
    The Psychologist's point of view
    "Two kinds of knowledge, acquaintance and knowledge about"
CHAPTER IX.
  THE STREAM OF THOUGHT
    Consciousness tends to the personal form
    It is in constant change
    It is sensibly continuous
    Substantive' and 'transitive' parts of Consciousness
    Feelings of relation
    Feelings of tendency
    The 'fringe' of the object
    The feeling of rational sequence
    Thought possible in any kind of mental material
    Thought and language
    Consciousness is cognitive
    The word Object
    Every cognition is due to one integral pulse of thought
    Diagrams of Thought's stream
    Thought is always selective
CHAPTER X
  THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SELF
    The Empirical Self or Me
    Its constituents
    The material self
    The Social Self
    The Spiritual Self
    Difficulty of apprehending Thought as a purely spiritual activity
    Emotions of Self
    Rivalry and conflict of one's different selves
    Their hierarchy
    What Self we love in 'Self-love'
    The Pure Ego
    The verifiable ground of the sense of personal identity
    The passing Thought is the only Thinker which Psychology requires
    Theories of Self-consciousness:
    1) The theory of the Soul
    2) The Associationist theory
    3) The Transcendentalist theory
    The mutations of the Self
    Insane delusions
    Alternative selves
    Mediumships or possessions
    Summary
CHAPTER XI.
  ATTENTION
    Its neglect by English psychologists
    Description of it
    To how many things can we attend at once?
    Wundt's experiments on displacement of date of impressions simultaneously attend to
    Personal equation
    The varieties of attention
    Passive attention
    Voluntary attention
    Attention's effect on sensation; on discrimination; on recollection; on reaction-time
    The neural process in attention:
    1) Accommodation of sense-organ
    2) Preperception
    Is voluntary attention a resultant or a force?
    The effort to attend can be conceived as a resultant
    Conclusion
    Acquired Inattention
CHAPTER XII.
  CONCEPTION
    The sense of sameness
    Conception defined
    Conceptions are unchangeable
    Abstract ideas
    Universals
    The conception 'of the same' is not the 'same state' of mind
CHAPTER XIII.
  DISCRIMINATION AND COMPARISON
    Locke on discrimination
    Martineau ditto
    Simultaneous sensations originally fuse into one object
    The principle of mediate comparison
    Not all differences are differences of composition
    The conditions of discrimination
    The sensation of differences
    The transcendentalist theory of the perception of differences uncalled for
    The process of analysis
    The process of abstraction
    The improvement of discrimination by practice
    Its two causes
    Practical interests limit our discrimination
    Reaction-time after discrimination
    The perception of likeness
    The magnitude of differences
    The measurement of criminative sensibility : Weber's law
    Fechner's interpretation of this as the psycho-physic law
    Criticism thereof
CHAPTER XIV.
  ASSOCIATION
    The problem of the connection of our thoughts
    It depends on mechanical conditons
    "Association is of objects thought-of, not of 'ideas'"
    The rapidity of association
    The 'law of contiguity'
    The elementary law of association
    Impartial redintegration
    Ordinary or mixed association
    The law of interest
    Association by similarity
    Elementary expression of the difference be
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